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Edward Bliss Papers

Call Number: MS125

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the papers and audio reels, presumably used by Bliss in editing a volume of Edward R. Murrow's broadcasts, In Search of Light: The Broadcasts of Edward R. Murrow, 1938-1961 (New York: Knopf, 1967). The papers consist of summary descriptions of important events and transcriptions of parts of key speeches, broadcasts, and events that Murrow attended. There are 9 audio reels of "This...Is London" from 1940.


  • 1938 -- 1961


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Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. No documentation is available regarding the intellectual property rights in this collection.

Biographical / Historical

Edward “Ed” Bliss, Jr. was born on July 30, 1912 to Edward Lydston and May Bortz Bliss in Fuzhou, China, where his father was a missionary. After graduating from college in 1935, he worked as a print journalist and a news editor for several small newspapers in Columbus, Ohio.

In 1943, Bliss was hired by CBS to work the night shift. He was a producer and editor for Edward R. Murrow from 1945 to 1955. Bliss also served as an assistant to the president of CBS News in 1962 before becoming editor of “CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite” in 1963. Bliss left CBS News in 1968 to establish the broadcast journalism program at the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. He taught at American University until 1977. After retiring as a full professor, Bliss remained active as a news consultant for stations across the United States. Bliss died in Alexandria, Virginia on November 25, 2002.


2.5 Linear Feet

9 audiovisual_media


This collection is organized into three series: Bliss Omitted Feature Subject Files; Bliss Omitted Features by date; and Selections of Edward R. Murrow's " London".

Custodial History

The materials housed in this collection are assumed to have been donated to the Fletcher School by Edward Bliss.

Related Materials

MS025, Edward R. Murrow, papers, DCA.

Processing status

This collection is processed.
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Repository Details

Part of the Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University Repository

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Tufts University
Medford Massachusetts 02155 United States